Dear Steam Users: It is a known fact that Steam offers the occasional free game embedded inside their vast library of adventure, action, and sports games. From action to racing to just plain awesome, Steam’s free games can provide some good time fun. Heck, even Portal has been offered for free. But last week a new game emerged into the free realm of Steam.
This game is called Alien Swarm, and it is something to admire. Well, not NASA Moonbase Alpha admirable…but close enough.
The Steam version of Alien Swarm is based off a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 created by Black Cat Games, and features four person cooperative play, over 40 weapons, four classes with eight unique characters, and 64 achievements. Furthermore, the game itself is being released as a Source SDK release, which allows the user to access the game code, mod tools, and its tile-based map generation tool. More information on the game can be found at the Steam web page here.
The game itself plays in a top down 3rd person view, with quite a bit of detail contained in every level. The levels are fun to meander around in, especially with three other friends backing you up. It requires at least a 3 GHz processor, 2.5 GB of free space, and 1-2 GB of RAM for memory.
And as long as you are downloading Steam games, seriously take a look at Moonbase Alpha as well. It’s a NASA game created by Virtual Heroes under the Unreal Engine 3 for future education and outreach. The full details are on its official website. For science!